IU History Dept


Required Reading
no required reading for this week

Further Suggestions
Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob, Telling the Truth about History (1992).

James Barrett, “The Blessed Virgin Made Me a Socialist Historian: An Experiment in Autobiography and the Historiography of Race and Class,” in Faith and the Historian, Nick Salvatore, ed. (2007)—the other contributions are also of interest, but they don't have quite such snazzy titles!

M. A. Centano and F. Lopez Alvarez, eds., The Other Mirror: Grand Theory through the Lens of Latin America (2001).

AHA resourcesGeoff Eley, A Crooked Line: From Cultural History to the History of Society (2006).

Anthony Grafton, Worlds made by Words: Scholarship and Community in the Modern West (2009)--don't be fooled by the title. For Grafton, "modern" starts in about 1300.

Georg Iggers, Historiography in the Twentieth Century (1997).

Ludmilla Jordanova, History in Practice (2000).

Neville Morley, Theories, Models, and Concepts in Ancient History (2004).

Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The “Objectivity Question” and the American Historical Profession (1988)—if you don't read this now, read it in a year or two (or ten). It may initially overwhelm you with details, but once you get to know something about some of the historians he mentions you should find it very interesting. Some have labelled it "gossipy," but much of professional life does indeed consist of chatter about other people in the business. If nothing else, see the "Forum" discussing this book in the American Historical Review 96:3 (June 1991). Of interest for several reasons, this "Forum" also includes Novick's wonderfully titled response, "My Correct Views on Everything."

Organization of American Historians, The La Pietra Report: Rethinking American History for a Global Age (2000), on-line.

Nancy Partner, ed., Writing Medieval History (2005).

William H. Sewell, Jr., Logics of History: Social Theory and Social Transformation (2005).
Digital History, a guide
Gabrielle Spiegel, The Past as Text: the Theory and Practice of Medieval Historiography (1997).

John Tosh, The Pursuit of History (1984; 1991; 2000).

Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (rev. 1985).


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